10 Best Short Throw Projectors of 2017 (With Guide)

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The technologies behind projectors are evolving with an incredible pace. Factors like space is no more a problem, if you are thinking your home theater is too small for a projector, you can now get larger-than-life movies, games and sports in your theater rooms with the best short throw projectors.
Short throw and the ultra short throw projectors allow you create large pictures in tight spaces, without worrying about shadows obstructing the image or light shining in the presenter’s/user’s face. 
These projectors have very short throw ratios, the distance from projector to screen compared to the screen size is also shorter.

What should you look-out for before choosing a short-throw projector to buy? 

Before finally choosing the short throw projector you wish to buy, you may want to pay some attention to a few mechanical factors, lets dive into some:

1. Throw Ratio:

This is one important factor to consider. It is simply defined as the ratio of the width of the projected image to the distance of the projector to the projected screen. Did you get that? 
In other words it is width of projected image: distance of projector to screen. 
The bigger the value of the throw ratio, the better. It’s crucial especially because of the space factor. 
When the term ‘small throw ratio’ is used, it simply means you will get a wider projected image from a projector that is closer to the screen. And small throw ratio range for quality projectors to look out for is 0.38 to 0.60.

2. Lumens:   

This basically refers to the brightness of the projected image. It is something to consider if you are planning to use the projector in a brightly-lit room. Therefore go for a higher lumen value, like 2000 to 3000 if you wish to use it in a brightly-lit environment/area/room.
For a projector you wish to use in a dark home theater room: 1000-1200 Lumens is great and would not be too harsh on the eyes over a period of time.
N/B- Some short throw projectors may not have adjustable lenses, have this in mind while searching for a short throw projector to purchase.  



3. Sound Quality:

Not all short throw projectors have audio capability and this is an important factor to consider, especially if you plan to use your projector for movies or on the other end- Presentations. These are the both sides, the latter may not require the use of high sound quality projectors.
Although you could also consider a seperate sound system like powered speakers.

4. Lighting Source:

There are 4 technologies that are used in modern projectors. The technologies include the DLP{Digital Light Processing}, LCD{Liquid crystal Display}, LCOS{Liquid Crystal On Silicon} and laser raster.
The Standard LCOS and LCD are generally taken as the best because it projects the colors of the images at once, hence avoiding the annoying “rainbow effect”; which is seen in images projected by cheap DLP and LCOS projectors.
And other factors like bluetooth, connectivity(VGA,HDMI etc), Resolution and other specs needed should be checked.

5. Contrast Ratio:

The contrast ratio is a property of a display system, defined as the ratio of the luminance of the brightest color (i.e white) to that of the darkest color (i.e black) that the projector is capable of producing. A high contrast ratio is a desired aspect of any display. The higher the ratio the higher the contrast. 



Best Short Throw Projectors 2017

So since that’s all stated, lets check out the 10 best short throw projectors of 2017: 
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1. LG PF1000U Ultra Short Throw Projector             

      Best Pick for Space | Price: $1,390-$1,500

Best short throw projector: LG-PF1000U

The LG PF1000U is currently the best of short throw projectors this year because of so many factors which are: portability, compactibility, resolution and quality. This projector is a great pick for use in small rooms and tighter spaces because of the throw ratio, due to this attribute, it is able to display sharper/clearer images. 
Its ability to display better images (i.e pictures, videos etc) makes it good for home entertainment.
This projector projects a 100” screen at a distance of approximately 15 inches. It’s also Bluetooth enabled and its pre-loaded with Smart TV content like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon.
Features:-
-Resolution: 1080p
-Engine type: LCD
-Brightness: 1,000 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 150,000:1
-Dimensions: 5.2 x 12.2 x 4.5 in
-Weight: 4.9 lbs
-WiFi Connectivity: Yes


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2. ViewSonic 1080P Short Throw Projector     

       Best for Brightly-lit rooms | Price: $580-$650

best short throw projector dintalks: view sonic projector

This is the top projector to consider if you plan to use a short throw projector in a bright room or space. Usually for use in presentations. Its brightness is up to 3200 lumens! It also supports HDMI and HML connectivity.
Features:-
-Resolution: 1080p
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness: 3200 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 22000:1
-Dimensions: 12.44 x 8.98 x 4.08 in
-Weight: 5.29 lbs

-WiFi Connectivity: Yes


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3. Optoma GT1080 Short Throw Projector   

       Best for Graphics | Price: $660-$690

 

Best short throw projector Optoma 1080U

The Optoma GT1080 short throw projector is great for gaming, it has wonderful graphics and 3D specs. Its one projector engineered specifically for gaming.
With 2800 Lumens, it creates clearer pictures in a dark and semi-dark room.
 Features:-
-Resolution: 1080p
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness: 2200 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 25000:1
-Dimension: 12.4 x 8.8 x 4 in
-Weight: 7.27 lbs
-WiFi Connectivity: Yes


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4. Optoma EH320UST Ultra Short Throw Projector

      Best for a Realistic Experience | Price: $1,600-$1,650

Best Short throw Projectors | BenQ SW921 projector

The Optoma EH320UST short throw projector is one of the best short throw projectors due to its sharp, crystal display with lumen rating of 4000 lumens. Which means that it would still display sharply in a room thats very bright. It also supports dual HDMI.

 Features:-
-Resolution: Not set
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness: 4000 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 20000:1
-Dimensions: 15.08 x 19.04 x 8.08 in
-Weight: 14.76 lbs

-WiFi Connectivity: No


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5. BenQ HT2150ST 1080p Home Theater Projector:

Best for Gaming and Movies and Sports | Price: $980-$1000

Best Short throw Projectors | BenQ gaming Projector

The BenQ HT2150ST projector is equipped with 2 speakers of 10W and displays images up to 300”. It also comes with a custom BenQ software that allows you to customise the display of colors. It is able to display images of 100” from a distance of 1.5 meters. For the special gaming feature, its equipped with low input lag for a great gaming experience. Supports HDMI.

 Features:-
-Resolution: 1080p 
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness: 2200 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 15000:1
-Dimensions: 14.98 x 4.79 x 10.91 in
-Weight: 7.93 lbs

-WiFi Connectivity: No

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6. Optoma GT750ST Short Throw Projector

       Best for Portability and Mobility | Price: $580-$600

Best short throw projector | Optoma GT750ST

The Optoma GT750ST is a micro projector built with the ability to display large images with precision. It is also designed for gaming, hence its sharp contrast. In fact its full name on amazon is Optoma GT750ST short throw gaming Projector. It is able to project a 50 inch diagonal image from a distance of 32 inches.  

 Features:-
-Resolution: 720p HD
-Engine type: LCD (20,000 hrs)
-Brightness:700 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 20000:1
-Dimesions: 4.1 x 4.4 x 1.6 inches
-Weight: 1 pounds

-WiFi Connectivity: No


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7. ASUS S1 Short Throw Projector

      Best for Minimal Budget and Live Streaming | Price: $290-$300

Best Short Throw Projector | ASUS S1 Projector

This is a very exciting projector for anyone that loves streaming, watching movies, and travelling. Although a very tiny projector, it is packed with action. This projector is able to also recharge your device over USB, with its own rechargeable battery. It is extremely easy to connect with your phone or projecting device. It’s also very portable, light weight and sturdy. Supports HDMI,MHL.



Features:-
-Resolution: 1080p
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness:  200 lumens
-Dimension: 4.3 x 4 x 1.2 inches
-Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
-Weight: 0.75 lb

-WiFi Connectivity: No


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8. BenQ DLP W1070 3D Home Theater Projector:

 Best for Home Movies | Price: $650-$660

Best Short throw Projectors | BenQ DLP W1070

Not only that this projector is equipped with fantastic feaures, it is also one of the many affordable projectors in sale. The projector projects up to 200 inches.

Features:-
-Resolution: 1080p
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness: 2000 lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 10000:1
-Dimensions: 12.28 x 9.6 x 4.09 in
-Weight: 6.06 lbs

-WiFi Connectivity: No, supports HDMI.

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9. iRulu BL20 Projector

       Best in Price/Budget | Price: $130-$140

iRulu Projector | Best short throw projector

The iRulu BL20 is a really cheap projector, with price currently ranging from $130 to $140. The LED light comes with a life time of about 19000 hours. It also comes with a remote and is able to project images of 200 inches (diagonal) from 6m. It is a projector of good quality, its quite rear to get an offer like this in the open market. 

Features:-
-Resolution: 1080p
-Engine type: LCD panel
-Brightness: Not Set
-Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
-Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.7 x 3.9 inches
-Weight: 7.0 Pounds

-WiFi Connectivity: No

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10. Epson Powerlite wireless LCD Projector
         Best for Presentation | Price:$2000-$2100

Epson powerlite Projector | Best Short Throw Projectors
The Epson Powerlite wireless LCD Projector comes with an anti-glare technology, making presentations on boards sharper. It is the last on our list but certainly not the least. The price ranges from about $1,100 to $1,500.

Features:-
-Resolution: 1080p HD
-Engine type: LCD
-Brightness: 4000 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 10000:1
-Dimensions: 8.2 x 20.8 x 14.2 in
-Weight: 14.5lbs

-WiFi Connectivity: No, Supports HDMI

CONCLUSION

Short throw projectors have great advantages like usablility in smaller areas, sharper images, portability etc.

But like I also stated, there is a disadvantage with it also; unlike normal projectors, some short throw projector lenses cannot be adjusted, therefore you must have this in mind to pick a better option.
Use the specifications I listed plus the list above to pick the best short throw projector for any purpose you plan: educational, recreational or business purposes, I bet you will get the best!



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